May / 2021

#011: The Pursuit Of Gold – Olympic Gold Medalist Laura Wilkinson

“The task ahead of you is never greater than the power behind you.” Olympic Gold Medalist Laura Wilkinson, shares her “#DREAMCHASER” journey to compete in her fourth Olympic Games in 2021. Laura joins host Fran Racioppi to provide her lessons on facing fear, the unknown, the pressure of the moment and the drive to not only win, but also to become better versions of ourselves. Laura is the first woman in history to win Olympic Gold, World Cup Gold and the World Championships in 10 meter platform diving. Motivated to reach for her dreams after being cut from her high school team, she won the gold medal on a broken foot. Get ready to be inspired by Laura’s story of courage, determination and longevity at the top.

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This is a story of courage, determination, longevity and chasing your dreams. Laura Wilkinson, Creator & Host of the Pursuit of Gold Podcast, won the Olympic Gold Medal in Women’s 10 Meter Platform Diving with a broken foot. She then became the first woman in history to win Olympic Gold, World Cup Gold and the World Championships. She has appeared in three Olympic games, and at the age of 43 is competing to earn a spot on a fourth team in 2021.

Laura has worked for, and earned, her success from the start. Originally a gymnast, she was cut by her high school team and was told she was “worthless” as a diver. She committed herself to the journey at that very moment, facing fear, the unknown, and failure along the way. Just prior to the 2000 Olympic Games, Laura broke her foot in training leaving a bone spur on the ball of her foot. She used visualization and a relentless focus on her dream to make the team to train and prepare without actually diving. In unwavering pain, she not only qualified for the team, but won gold in a come-from-behind victory she shares on the show.

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In this episode designed for any anyone willing to put the work in, never quit, and do the fundamentals better than everyone else, Laura explains how she views and overcomes fear in her performance, competition and everyday life. She candidly shares stories of her failure and how she has learned to be better because of them. And she teaches us all that with age comes experience, but our childhood dreams will always push us further than we believe we will go.

Learn about Laura’s #DREAMCHASER journey and follow her path to her fourth Olympics.

About Laura Wilkinson

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Laura Wilkinson is a three-time Olympian and Olympic Gold Medalist in Woman’s Diving. Laura has also won the 2004 World Cup and the 2005 World Championships, becoming the first woman in history to win all three coveted world titles in platform diving. In addition to the gold medal in the 1998 Goodwill Games, she has won 19 US National Titles, been voted by the American public the 2000 US Olympic Spirit Award winner, and was nominated for an ESPY award. Laura has also been inducted into the University of Texas Women’s Athletics Hall of Honor, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, the Texas Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame, the World Acrobatics Society Gallery of Legends, and the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Laura is currently training for her fourth Olympics this summer in Tokyo.

Laura is the host of The Pursuit of Gold Podcast, where she speaks with elite and professional athletes each week about purpose beyond performance. Laura is also a wife to Erik and mommy to four amazing children by birth and adoption (China & Ethiopia).

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Fran Racioppi
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Francis Racioppi, CPP, CBCP, most recently led Genius Fund as the Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer, a vertically integrated cannabis company in Los Angeles, CA. Prior to Genius, Fran served as the Director of Global Security for Snapchat where he was recruited to professionalize and scale the security organization across the globe and among all business units. Fran holds an MBA from New York University and graduated with honors from Boston University with a BA in Journalism and a minor in Political Science. Fran served 13 years in the United States Army as a Green Beret, deploying three times to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. A lifelong sailor, Fran volunteers teaching Veterans to sail as the Race Director for Sailahead a Veterans service organization dedicated to reducing the Veteran suicide rate. Fran has also served as the Treasurer of the United War Veterans Council, an NYC-based non-profit focused on the wellness and healing of transitioning veterans, as well as the host of the annual NYC Veterans Day Parade.

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